Cherokee Strip

Cherokee Strip (HM1539)

Location: Newkirk, OK 74647 Kay County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 59.244', W 97° 2.526'

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September 11, 1893
Thousands of Americans gathered in this township preparing to make the run for homesteads in the Cherokee Strip, a tract of land 58 miles wide, opening 6,500,000 acres for White settlement bought from the Cherokee Nation by the U.S. Government for $8,300,000. President Grover Cleveland and Secretary of the Interior Hoke Smith arranged to have 9 canvas booths placed within 100 ft. of the Kansas State Line where each eager American must make 7 affidavits and declarations to register.

At noon September 16, 1893 more than 100,000 people took part in this, the greatest race in the history of the world. Later, at 4 Land Offices located at Perry, Enid, Alva, and Woodward, each settler paid about $2 an acre for his claim.

This marker erected by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in Oklahoma on Sept. 16, 1954.
HM NumberHM1539
Year Placed1954
Placed ByNational Society of the Colonial Dames of America in Oklahoma
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 12:22pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 674244 N 4095266
Decimal Degrees36.98740000, -97.04210000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 59.244', W 97° 2.526'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 59' 14.64" N, 97° 2' 31.56" W
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Area Code(s)580
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 108 E Judo Rd, Newkirk OK 74647, US
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